Gervinho will miss up to four weeks with an ankle injury, according to several reports.
The Ivory Coast international picked up the knock and was stretchered off during Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over QPR last Saturday afternoon.
The 25-year-old underwent a scan on Monday and it was revealed that he will be out of action for around a month, missing some crucial games along the way, such as the trips to Manchester United and Schalke, as well as the North London derby at The Emirates against Tottenham.
However, many fans will not be too disappointed by the news. In fact, many will be pleased to see the Ivorian sidelined after some under par performances as of late.
So if indeed reports are to be believed and Gervinho is unavailable until the end of November, who should replace him?
Well we have a number of candidates for the job, such as Aaron Ramsey, Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott, as well as promising youngster Serge Gnarby. I haven’t included Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain because he is also out with an injury.
Lukas Podolski is bound to keep his position on the left, while Olivier Giroud will almost certainly occupy the central role up front (the position Gervinho has been deployed in in the last few games) and I think, out of the players listed above, there are only two standout contenders for the wide role – Arshavin and Walcott.
Based on their performances last night against Reading, these two are definitely in with a shout of starting and hopefully impressing.
I would like to see either one of these two fill in while Gervs recovers, but it all depends on what Arsene Wenger wants from his side. If he wants more stability and a hardworking outfit, then he will opt for Ramsey on the wing, as he has done for in the past games. But if he wants to go gung-ho, play with more flair and pace then he should pick either Arshavin or Walcott.
Personally, out of the two, I would like to see Arshavin get some games. He really shone last night, drove the team forward and was involved in many of the goals.
However, can we overlook Theo after his dazzling performance? Simply put, no.
Although I am not his biggest fan, he deserves a shot, and if he gets it he needs to take it with both hands and show us why he merits a new deal.
Arshavin or Walcott for me.
Who should fill in for Gervinho and why?
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